The Northumberland coastline is recognized as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so if you’re looking for a staycation with stunning scenery and a wealth of medieval and Roman heritage, and an abundance of local wildlife, this is the location for you.
Where to Camp in Northumberland
Blossom Plantation Pods in Chathill, Near Alnwick
The Lakeside Boathouse camping pod, partnered with Hoseasons, is situated on a working sheep farm and sleeps up to two people. The accommodation provides all necessary mod-cons expected in a glamping pod including electricity, central heating, bed linen, shower facilities and an equipped kitchen. There is a hot tub outside with lake views.
The Woodside Pods, also located at the Blossom Plantation site, offer the same mod-cons for up to two guests, including a hot tub outside. The Woodside Pods, also with lake views, are accessible via a gravel path from the parking area.
Swarland Old Hall Lodges and Pods
The Fern pod is a neatly appointed accommodation for up to two guests. Set on the private grounds of Grade II listed Swarland Old Hall, at the edge of the picturesque village of Swarland, these pods are nestled in the heart of AONB Northumberland countryside. Offering the usual mod-cons and glamping facilities, this accommodation does not have a hot tub.
What to Do in Northumberland
With castles, Roman ruins, and an array of coastal wildlife, you won’t be stuck for things to do in Northumberland. Here are the top five things to do when you’re camping in Northumberland:
1) Visit a castle
If you are interested in medieval history, Bamburgh and Prudhoe castle are excellent examples of the architectural influences and designs of the time, however if you’re looking for a more modern piece of iconic pop culture, the medieval castle of Alnwick is now more popularly known as the filming location for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter series.
2) See the Roman ruins
Find out about the Roman influence in Northumberland at the Chesters Roman Fort and Museum near Hadrian’s Wall, or travel a little further afield to visit the Vindolanda settlement where archeological discoveries continue to be made, and the nearby Roman Army Museum.
3) Admire the local wildlife
Visit the Holy Island of Lindafarne by causeway at high tide, or catch a boat to admire puffins and other nesting seabirds on nearby Farne Islands. Visit Lindasfarne Priory, or the castle, and find out more about the rich heritage of the island.
4) Enjoy the natural beauty
Between the castle of Bamburgh – with its stunning seascape backdrop – and the Holy Island of Lindasfarne – with its abundant wildlife and rich history – lies the mile-wide beach of Budle Bay. Walk along the fine sand of this beach and take in the natural beauty of the expansive coastline, or take a meditative wander through the Northumberland National Park.
5) Explore the picturesque villages
The quaint town of Corbridge not only has rows of picturesque terraced houses lining its street, but it also houses a wealth of Roman heritage. Another village to visit is Seahouses, which you will have the opportunity to explore on route to the Farne Islands – or visit another coastal village, Amble, which hosts the UK’s only puffin festival.